Vaccinations Specialists

When was the last time you heard of a case of measles or polio? Thanks to vaccines, these and other infectious diseases have been virtually eliminated in the United States among those who’ve been immunized. The Montes Medical Group, with four offices in the greater Los Angeles area, is equipped to provide patients with the latest vaccines, from infant immunizations to flu shots for seniors.

Vaccinations Q & A

What do vaccines protect against?

A typical vaccine line-up for children and young adults aims to prevent the following infectious diseases:

  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rubella
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)
  • Measles
  • Whooping cough
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus
  • Mumps
  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • HPV -- human papillomavirus

Vaccines not only protect children against these diseases, they prevent the children from spreading them to others. Most schools require that kids be vaccinated because of this. Adults receive many of these vaccines, too, such as tetanus boosters every 10 years and flu shots.

The physicians at Montes Medical Group will make sure you receive vaccines that are recommended for your health and life stage. While many of the diseases we vaccinate against are no longer prevalent in the United States, largely due to widespread vaccination, cases around the world still pose a threat.

Are vaccines safe?

There has been much controversy on this subject in recent years, but statistics bear out the necessity and safety of vaccinating children against potentially serious diseases that can have devastating effects over the course of their lives. Most side effects are minor and consist of redness, soreness, and swelling at the site of the injection. Fever has also been reported, but usually clears up within a day or two. Allergic reactions are rare, but do exist, and the doctors at Montes Medical Group will monitor this.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines work by injecting low doses of foreign bacteria and viruses that trigger the body’s immune response, essentially mimicking the disease. The goal is to train the body to recognize and fight off certain diseases by producing antibodies that prevent the disease from taking hold if the body is exposed in the future.

For some of the vaccines, a one-time vaccination produces a satisfactory immune response that will last through adulthood. Several vaccines require follow-up boosters throughout the lifetime.

What vaccinations are needed for children and adults?

Children are vaccinated throughout childhood, starting at birth. Many vaccines are administered before the age of two, but can be given up until the age of six. As kids enter their pre-teen years, boosters are given for several of the diseases, such as tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria, and a vaccine for HPV is available and recommended.

The team at the Montes Medical Group is happy to supply you with a complete schedule for your child. In addition, annual flu shots are available for all ages, and are especially recommended for young children, adults over 50, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases.

Most Major Insurance Plans Accepted

Montes Medical Group, Inc. currently works with all major insurance providers, including HMOs, PPOs, private insurance plans, and Covered California plans, to ensure accessible and affordable care.

In addition we support most major state and federally sponsored programs, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, Covered California Plans, CHDP, and Tricare. Please contact our offices if you have any questions, and we will be happy to help!

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Central Health Plan of California
Easy Choice Atlantis Health Plan
Health Net
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Molina Healthcare
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
SCAN Health Plan
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